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Six Wars at a Time: The Life of Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor of Mt. Rushmore

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ISBN-13: 978-0931170270
ISBN-10: 0931170273
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Center for Western Studies (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931170273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931170270
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gutzon Borglum carved Mt. Rushmore and is remembered for that and little else. This thoroughly researched biography shows him to be a fascinating character in American history. His works are found in parks and squares in many US cities. His Seated Lincoln in Newark, NJ is outstanding sculpture, and Borglum nearly got the commission to do the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. This book takes us through his art, but also through his incredible political associations. He had access to several US Presidents and this highly opinionated thinker occasionally took a train from his home in Connecticut, arriving at Union Station in DC, and gaining immediate access to the President. The book describes this and many other fascinating aspects and tales. Oh, the title, Six Wars at a Time refers to Justice Felix Frankfurter's comment about Borglum that he was always so involved that it seemed he personally had six wars going on at a time. An esteemed American said that, and many other Americans can delight at and learn from this marvelous book.
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This book provides a competent telling of the life of Gutzon Borglum. I picked it up at Mt. Rushmore and was delighted to learn more about this once-prominent artist who seems to have disappeared from the public eye. What I found frustrating, however, was that many interesting events were hinted at or glossed over without really providing much background. The largest case in point being the investigation Borglum conducted into a conspiracy concerning US aviation development and WWI. With as much detail as is prevelant throughout the book, I found the fogginess of this event disappointing. Also, much was made of Borglum's innovation of mountain carving but no specifics were given of his ingenuity. While I understand that there are other books available about the carving of Rushmore and this book's focus was the man, it seems to me that his creativity is a major part of the man. For a full picture of him, you would perhaps need to read this in conjunction with other books.
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